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98% #OutOf100 What’s in a name? #Hashtag Lightie opens up conversations about race in the UK

After a successful run earlier this year, #Hashtag Lightie, the third play by writer/director Lynette Linton, is back for a second run for a short time at the Arcola Theatre. The play explores several issues that surround the mixed-race experience in the UK, in particular, the relationship with the word ‘lightie’ both within and outside the Black community. You may have heard it, used it, or even have been called it; the term ‘lightie’ is one that is loaded with several meanings. And attaching it to a hashtag brings with it a particular nuance that does not go unchecked...

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95% #OutOf100 Best of the Summer Reads ‘The Hate U Give’ By Angie Thomas

Starr is an ordinary 16 year old, irritated by her overprotective older brother and her cheeky younger brother. She has a boyfriend, Chris, that her dad doesn’t know about, and who like her has a deep and abiding love for the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She does all she can to fit into the spaces allocated to her, especially at school, where she is one of the few Black kids in attendance. Always presenting a ‘positive’ side of her Blackness at school (never showing anger or any other type of strong emotion), Starr tries hard not to fall...

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90% #OutOf100 – Babette’s Feast @ The Print Room, Notting Hill Gate

I love food, I love to eat and I loved Sheila Atim in Les Blancs so this production promised to be a feast of delights for me; and it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation by Glyn Maxwell and directed by Bill Buckhurst. I hadn’t seen this classic before, either on stage or in film but I will look for the award winning film now. Babette’s Feast written by Karen Blixen takes us on a journey with Babette as she arrives in a remote Norwegian fishing community where life is simple, austere and pious, as a refugee from Paris....

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Segge Dan Pens a Song For Real Life Djangoes Who Resisted, Rebelled & Revolted Against Slavery

While watching Django Unchained, I embarked on a journey to capture these glorious and often untold stories of heroes and freedom fighters in a song called, Django Untold.  This celebratory song highlights their tremendous legacy and significance as their actions played a major part for the movement of emancipation. The song is my gift to honour their lives and preserve their legacy. Remember when Django Unchained came out? All that furore surrounding Tarantino from the overuse of the n-word in the film to whether or not a spaghetti western was the right vehicle to talk about the horrors of slavery! I...

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Coming Attractions: TBB’s Must-See Movies For Spring / Summer 2017

Following Moonlight’s unforgettable win at the Oscars and the box office success of Hidden Figures, Fences and Get Out we select the upcoming movie releases destined for critical acclaim or box-office success. City of Tiny Lights Expected release: 7 April | Icon Film Distribution Based on the 2005 novel of the same name, the crime thriller sees Riz Ahmed (The Night Of; Rogue One) and Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight);  become entangled in the disappearance of a call-girl. Set in West-London and made with the support of the BFI and BBC Films, the modern-day noir also stars Billie Piper...

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74% #OutOf100 – Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Across all facets of urban folklore there have been many incarnations of “The Chosen One”. Those of us old enough to remember will recall championing the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and more recently Chipmunk as juggernauts of the Grime scene with prospects of transitioning at a commercially mainstream level. How far each managed to crossover (and at what cost) has been the topic of endless debate since; but whilst we’ve been talking amongst ourselves over the last few years, the mass majority of the Grime scene and beyond have collectively witnessed the ascent of a few new names;...

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